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Sahara Glass Park

Ichinoseki, Japan

This glass-themed tourist park in northern Japan feels like taking a step back in time. 


In Ichinoseki, Japan, close to the beautiful Genbikei Gorge, one might notice a decorated fiberglass archway, endearing in its 20th-century gaudiness. Colorful glass bulbs and vases contrast sharply with the faded fiberglass sign. The columns on the sign proudly proclaim (in Japanese) “World’s Glass on Display.” The top of the arch gives the site’s name: Sahara.

It’s unclear where the name comes from. It may simply be that glass is made from sand, which is abundant in the Sahara desert. Past the gate, hundreds of glass figurines, jewelry, and other items are offered for sale. There are also glass-blowing demonstrations, as well as a cafe and restaurant. The style of the complex evokes memories of the 1970s for many visitors.

Though it is no longer in its prime, the Sahara Glass Park still persists and has a wide variety of glass products for sale.

Know Before You Go

Sahara Glass Park has its own large parking lot. It is often used as a convenient place to park for the nearby Genbikei Gorge. If you’re in the area, both are worth checking out.

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